Robertson and Origi break through stubborn Everton and keep Liverpool on track
Playing attacking football wasn’t on their minds upon arrival at Anfield, but the parked bus was eventually broken down.
Liverpool closed the gap at the top of the Premier League standings to one point after a hard-fought 2-0 win over Everton in a feisty Merseyside derby on Sunday.
Liverpool win again at Anfield
With Manchester City opening up a four-point lead over Liverpool at the top with a 5-1 demolition of Watford on Saturday, Juergen Klopp’s side struggled to break down Everton in a bad-tempered first half at Anfield.
Everton continued to hold their own in a raucous derby atmosphere until, with the first shot on target from either side in the match, Scottish fullback Andy Robertson headed his team in front in the 62nd minute.
Demarai Gray then went within inches of a stunning equaliser before substitute Divock Origi finally ended all hope of an Everton comeback with a goal five minutes from time to put the game to bed.
A 12th win in their last 13 league games, which was much tougher to come by than many expected, moved Liverpool on to 79 points from 33 matches, one behind City, who must slip-up if Liverpool are to win back their Premier League crown.
Everton can take heart from a spirited performance, but finish the day in the relegation zone, two points behind Burnley after their victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers saw them climb to 17th.
With 85% possession, Jürgen’s Red machine breaks another EPL record.
- 1 Alisson
- 4 Virgil Van Dijk
- 32 Matip
- 26 A. Robertson
- 66 Trent Alexander-Arnold
- 8 Naby Keita (59')
- 3 Fabinho
- 6 Thiago
- 20 Diogo Jota (81')
- 10 Mane (59')
- 11 Salah
- 7 Milner
- 27 Divock Origi (59')
- 5 Ibrahima Konate
- 62 Caoimhin Kelleher
- 12 Joe Gomez
- 23 Luis Díaz (59')
- 17 Curtis Jones
- 14 Henderson (81')
- 21 Konstantinos Tsimikas
Divock Origi (59', Naby Keïta), Luis Díaz (59', Sadio Mané), Dele Alli (72', Allan), Salomón Rondón (76', Demarai Gray), Jordan Henderson (81', Diogo Jota)
1-0, 61': A. Robertson, 2-0, 84': Divock Origi
Referee: Stuart Attwell
VAR Referee: Darren England, Dan Robathan
Anthony Gordon (24',Yellow) Doucouré (44',Yellow) Mane (45',Yellow) Trent Alexander-Arnold (57',Yellow) Allan (65',Yellow) Dele Alli (88',Yellow) Richarlison (90',Yellow)